November 3, 2010 | by Ernesto M. Santalla J. Max Barger
Mixology celebrates one year of love connections

This week, Mixology is ringing in the New Year. Yes, Kim Rosenberg and Meghann Novinskie celebrate their first year as “D.C.’s premier matchmaking service for gays and lesbians.” We spoke to Rosenberg, Mixology’s president, who explains the measure of their success is their client’s success.

“Success for us can be defined in many ways. For some, it’s exchanging phone numbers. For others, it’s an engagement or moving in together. We’ve seen it all, and are excited to continue to support our clients in their goals.”

The world of Internet dating presents searchable options, receiving notifications of good “matches,” and then connecting — all from the comfort of your office. Often excitement and anticipation lead to disappointment from unrealized expectations when a budding cyber-romance fizzles. Mixology, by contrast, prescreens and meets with individuals prior to taking them on as clients. “Our clients want a more discreet and proactive way of dating than posting a profile online,” Rosenberg says. “The Mixology client base ranges in age from 22 to 68 and of all demographics. They are mature, professional individuals looking for a relationship.”

Rosenberg and Novinskie worked in the dating industry in D.C. and San Francisco, respectively, when they reconnected at a matchmaking conference. They both knew that when looking for dating and romance, the success of in-person over online matchmaking services is uncontested. They identified a shared interest in applying their knowledge and experience to the needs of the LGBT community. Three years later when research, skill refining, planning and financing came together, they launched Mixology.

Mixology joined CAGLCC soon thereafter.

“It was amazing how welcomed we were,” Rosenberg says. ” Everyone was very inviting and intrigued about the process at Mixology. The chamber is a great way to stay involved in the LGBT community while bonding with other like-minded entrepreneurs and professionals in all industries.”

How much business Mixology has from CAGLCC members is strictly confidential. Mixology will host the next CAGLCC Women’s Wednesday event, at their offices on 14th Street on Nov. 17, starting at 6:30 p.m. Visit caglcc.org for details.

Mixology is matchmaking with a twist. Interested? Go here or call 888-RDY2MIX (888-739-2649).

Health care reform and your business

What will happen to health care reform post-election and how will it affect you? CAGLCC’s Working Lunch series takes on the health reform act and what it means for individuals and small business owners on Nov. 12 at noon.

The Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA), better known as “health care reform,” addresses efficiency and provider problems in the health care system while taking on chronic illness Americans face. Health care reform intends to broaden coverage for the uninsured, eliminate perceived insurance company abuses and exclusions, and ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care.

What does this lofty, even monumental reform mean to you as an employee and to the business owner? Will premiums go up? Who will be covered? What are the tax consequences?

Donna Smith, CPA and a senior manager at RAFFA, and Craig Severson, director of GABC, a non-profit group medical insurance carrier, will provide answers and questions you didn’t know you should be asking.

Space is limited, so register today for the working lunch. Cost is $15 for members, $25 nonmembers. Box lunch included.

CAGLCC member news

Eileen Kessler, president, OmniStudio is one of the founding CEOs of Companies for Causes, an initiative to bring together small and midsize businesses with non-profits to work together to solve some of our region’s pressing issues. companiesforcauses.com

Justin Silvers has accepted the position of relationship manager, Business and Personal-PNC Financial Services Group.

Ernesto Santalla has a new website featuring his work in photography.

CAGLCC means business.

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